Thursday, February 28, 2013

From The Good Life

Seems hard to believe but Little Bit of Everything is 4 years old this week.  When I was younger I remember everyone telling me time was going to fly but I never thought it would be this fast!  One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to know my fellow bloggers.  Thanks to all of you stop by to check out my little corner of the world, your comments mean so much to me!!!

Although, we've been spared the terrible midwest weather these past couple of weeks, we do have snow on the ground.  Here's a little glimpse into the beauty of winter From The Good Life!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Slow Cooker Ovenight Oatmeal

When I was growing up, my Mom would make me eat hot cereal before going to school. I can't remember if it was only in the winter or all year long. There was oatmeal, Malt o Meal and Cream of Wheat. Does anyone eat Cream of Wheat these days? As near as I can remember, oatmeal was okay but the other two reminded me of something a prisoner would be served. Of course, I refused to eat it, then it would get cold and I still had to eat it. Just within the past few years, I've developed a love of all things oatmeal. Oatmeal is good for you and it's filling! It's the only thing I can eat for breakfast and not be famished by 11:00. I pinned this recipe for Slow Cooker oatmeal a few months ago. The apples and peaches I had in freezer were the perfect addition. I've actually made this twice over the past few weeks. I added raisins one week and dried blueberries the other. This recipe is so versatile. You could use almost any fruit, nuts or some granola. If you have kids, this recipe could be lifesaver in the morning. I saw the suggestion of using an ice cream scoop to make single servings, freeze them.  When you're ready to eat them you just add milk and reheat.

Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal 

Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Place 2 cups of apples (or the fruit of your choice) in the slow cooker, combine 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1T. cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Pour 2 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of water on top. Do not stir. Cook 8 - 9 hours on low.

I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bubble Up Pizza

Seems I am always slow in trying the recipes flooding the blogsphere!  I didn't post cake pops till maybe two years after they were all the rage.  I've seen versions of this Bubble Up Pizza for at least a year or so.  I rarely make homemade pizza.  Pizza for us is usually take out or the frozen ones from Trader Joe's.  With a lot going on, I was looking for a simple recipe that didn't involve the slow cooker and saw this one in my Pinterest file. 

Pizza is one of my favorite foods.  It's one of those foods I would choose, if stranded on a dessert island!  I am all about the crust, of course the part that's the worst for you.  If you're a crust person, you'll love this pizza.  Best of all, it's so easy to make and you can choose whatever toppings you like.  I made a half recipe in a cast iron skillet.  With a salad, this would be perfect for a family of four.  As a blogger, I try a lot of new recipes but don't make very many of them more than once,  this one is going into the regular rotation!!!

Quick Dinner Fixins’ Bubble Up Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Pass the Sushi

  • 2 containers refrigerated biscuit dough, 6 biscuits each
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup pepperoni (or other favorite toppings) - I used Italian Sausage
  • 5 fresh basil leaves - I didn't use the basil
Preparation: Preheat oven as per directions on dough. With a sharp knife, divide each biscuit into 4. In a large bowl, combine diced biscuit dough, sauce, 1 1/2 cups cheese and toppings. Stir to combine.
Pour mixture into greased oven safe skillet or 9×13 baking pan. Chiffonade the basil and sprinkle on top along with remaining cheese. Bake according to directions on dough, checking to make sure dough is cooked through and cheese is bubbling (I always bake mine for an additional 5 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
I am linking this to On The Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday!

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Best Cookies - Secret Recipe Club

I don't know about you but I can't believe it's Secret Recipe Club time again.  Time has flown for me since the last SRC.  We took a vacation to Mexico, moved my Dad's furniture from KC to Omaha another weekend and moved him into assisted living up here last weekend, all while implementing a new system at work.  Needless to say, that's why I've been absent from blogging!

For those of you who don't know how SRC works, each month you're assigned a blog, you choose a recipe, keep it a secret until reveal day and then blog about it.  I was assigned Satisfy My Sweet Tooth.   I've been trying to choose savory recipes for SRC but with a blog assignment containing sweet in the title, it's hard to go for savory. Satisfy My Sweet Tooth features so many delicious recipes, it was difficult to choose just one to make.   How many times have you heard someone say, "These are the best cookies?".  With a title like that I couldn't resist.

Half of the  recipe went to work with me for a coworkers birthday and the other half with Tim for his office.  When I asked Tim what was his coworkers thought of them, he said everyone said these were "The Best Cookies".  Guess we now know where the title came from.

 Next time I make these, I want try a few more chocolate chips and a little less salt.  These just seemed a little salty to me!  Also, mine took more like 12 minutes to bake.

Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert
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Serves: 30
Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and stuffed full of delicious mix-ins
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup cornflakes (or rice cereal) - I used rice cereal
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, oil and sugars.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Add flour, salt and baking soda and mix well.
  5. Add oatmeal, cornflakes, coconut and chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Scoop ¼ cup-sized dough balls out onto cookie sheets using a large spoon or an ice cream scoop.
  7. Bake 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets before removing
I am linking this to On the Menu Monday, Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday and Foodie Friday!!!